PRAGUE: Ivan Fíla, a Czech-born director partly based in Germany, is preparing his third feature film, The Day of Happiness.

PRAGUE: In 2014, Czech films maintained an enviable position on the Czech distribution market. There were 32 Czech feature films and 23 documentaries released in 2014 and seven Czech films were in the top 20 releases.

PRAGUE: Petr Václav’s The Way Out/Cesta ven won four awards, including Best Feature Film, at the 5th edition of the Czech Critics´ Awards organized by the Czech Critics Association.

PRAGUE: Blanik Office, a series made for the internet and streamed online has become such a success in the Czech Republic that a third season is expected soon.

PRAGUE: Andrea Sedláčkova’s Fair Play received 15 nominations for the 22nd Czech Lions awards. The ceremony will take place in Prague on 21 February.

PRAGUE: After 14 years in preparation, Filip Renč’s highly anticipated Lída Baarová about the famous Czech actress and her relationship with Joseph Goebbels, will start shooting in March 2015. Slovak actress Tatiana Pauhofová (Burning Bush, HBO Europe, Nutprodukce) will play the main character.

PRAGUE: Fourteen films are competing in eight categories at the 5th edition of the CzechCritics´ Awards organized by the Czech Critics Association.

PRAGUE: The Czech State Cinematography Fund announced that it will support three films from the 31 features requesting support and the 14 projects which were declared eligible.

PRAGUE: Shooting of Danish feature Tordenskiold, which started on Czech locations 13 October 2014, is scheduled to wrap 18 November.

PRAGUE: The Czech Republic stands in for Paris in Marguerite, a French period film set in the 1920‘s. The drama about a tone deaf opera singer is directed by Xavier Giannoli (In the Beginning, 2009; Superstar, 2012).